This 2nd post about Dengue, following our previous post about "Dengue and Dengvaxia (the Dengue vaccine)", explains the "5 Step Mozzie Wipe-out".
The aim of the "Wipe-out" is to prevent the breeding of the Aede's mosquito and subsequently from biting your family and loved ones.
The key in the mozzie wipe-out is to prevent and avoid stagnant water pools which the mosquitoes breed in. The steps are shown below (from: www.dengue.gov.sg)
Step 1: Overturn all containers (e.g. pails) to avoid collection of stagnant water.
Step 2: Change water in all vase(s) on alternate days - avoid stagnant water!
Step 3: Drain all flower pot plates on alternate days. Scrub the surface to remove potential mosquito eggs. Dried out mosquito eggs can survive for up to 6 months!
Step 4: Loosen hardened soil to allow better water permeability for your potted plants and flowers; thereby avoiding stagnant water pools.
Step 5: Clear all roof gutters and apply anti-mosquito (BTI - Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis) insecticide monthly!
The added bonus of fighting Dengue is that it also helps avoid Zika!
Dr Sarah Packer is a Family Physician with a special interest in women's and children's health.